If you enjoy having meals out, you may be longing to try the most fashionable places to eat, the ones with waiting lists months long, that all the critics are raving about. There’s no harm in putting your name down, and hopefully, your experience will be worth the wait, but in the meantime, there are many not so well-known places offering interesting menus and exceptionally well-cooked food that is worth exploring too.
One of the great things about modern cuisine is that it’s so diverse. Even quite small towns have a variety of ethnic and specialist cuisines on offer, many run by expert chefs who use authentic ingredients and traditional recipes. You’ll find many hidden gems like genuine Italian run restaurants hidden in the back streets of small towns, where you’ll feel like you’re in Venice or Rome for the evening.
Many people will have tried the more well-known styles of food, such as Indian, Chinese, and Thai, but if you’ve never tried others such as Vietnamese or Greek for instance, you’re missing out on some amazing flavors.
Come to that, the food you get from the Chinese takeout or the curry house down the road may be perfect for a relaxed evening in, but a specialist restaurant could amaze you with the regional cuisine it offers, such as Gujarati or Punjabi from India, and Shandong and Cantonese from China.
You can find even more variations on ethnic cuisines in the burgeoning trend of street food. Very far removed from the road stop burger bar, street food can be exciting and of the finest quality, and well worth trying if you’re out and about.
Some countries are less well-regarded for their native cuisines, but every country has its own delicacies and delicious national and regional dishes, so if you live near or visit somewhere with a Polish restaurant or a British pub, check it out – you’ll be glad you did.
If you are traveling abroad, do look for places that offer authentic cuisines and a flavor of the country you’re visiting, for instance, if you’re looking for places to eat in Weybridge in the UK, try a traditional country pub, or if you’re in the US, try an authentic American diner.
You could also consider different styles of food, for instance, there’s a massive increase in interest in vegan and vegetarian food at the moment, and chefs are coming up with amazing new dishes that use no animal products at all. Even if you can’t imagine life without steak or bacon and eggs, it’s worth trying meat-free – you may be pleasantly surprised at the flavors a good chef can create.
There’s never been a better time to explore different foods and try new cuisines local to the area you are visiting. Access to quality, authentic restaurants and other types of eateries is more extensive now than it’s ever been before, so forget your regular hangouts, and try out all the other amazing food around you.